Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Define "Seriously Consider"

A Farewell to John Major, yet another of the Supreme Court Justices who ventured into the basement of Dalhousie's Domus Legis in its dying days to sign the bar's door. I love this CBC report, though:
Supreme Court Justice John Major has announced that he will retire at the end of the year, two months ahead of his mandatory retirement date.

Major joined the court in 1992. His departure opens the door for a new justice on the country's top court in the new year.

Last year, the Quebec government asked Ottawa for a formal participation in the process to select justices.

Justice Minister Irwin Cotler has said he's prepared to seriously consider candidates proposed by Quebec.

That's the article in its entirety. Good to hear Cotler will "seriously consider" Quebec's candidates. But since Major actually hails from Alberta, and la belle province already has her conventional three candidates on the Supreme bench, you wonder how such a statement is relevant, and how reporting this lousy gets on the front page.

CBC mockery aside, it will be interesting to see how the new Government handles questions regarding public healthcare with respect to their proposed nominee. Another as-yet-unknown consequence of Chaoulli's successfuly SCC challenge. But in the wake of new Senate appointments (yawn, same old crap, guess that's the last we'll hear of Hugh Segal, etc...) it is difficult to have any confidence for any substantial consideration of reform to the overall process. Wherebe thou, supposed Democratic Deficit Slayer?


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